The author of this crucial text brings to the art of reasoning a concern and emphasis that other books on the subject lack: stimulating intellectual content and a focus on the real world. Designed to provide help in reasoning about matters faced in everyday life, this book covers material ranging from accepting the unproblematic through language and its levels of meaning.
Unlike other texts that provide a patchwork of disparate topics, this volume gives a unified, coherent account of reasoning. Chapters cover such topics as epistemological issues; natural deduction; arguments and their conclusions; language and its levels of meaning, syntax, and semantics; more. Meaty in content, the text is not heavy-handed in its presentation of rules & maxims. Instead, it strives to make the principles of critical thinking plausible at the intuitive level. 542pp.